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Chicken Pox: Frequently Asked Questions

What is chicken pox?

Chicken pox has a fancier medical name called varicella zoster. It is a virus which infects the body causing the typical illness. To understand why it is called "chicken pox" see "Why is it called Chicken Pox? " .

How common is chicken pox?

An estimated 3.7 million Americans are affected by chickenpox
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What are the symptoms of chicken pox?

Chicken pox (varicella) usually begins 14-16 days after exposure, but the range can be 10 - 21 days. Fever, malaise, loss of appetite, headache, and occasionally abdominal pain may occur 24 to 48 hours before the rash appears. Fever and other systemic signs may persist during the first 2 to 4 days after the onset of the rash.

What if I've been exposed to chicken pox?

There should be no problem if you have already had chicken pox. If you are unsure if you have had chicken pox, inform your doctor. A blood test can be done to see if you had chicken pox in the past and are immune. Try to stay away from anyone infected. If you are not immune and are exposed to someone with chicken pox, let your doctor know right away.
There should be no problem if you have already had chicken pox. If you are unsure if you have had chicken pox, inform your doctor or nurse midwife. A blood test can be done to see if you had chicken pox in the past and are immune. Try to stay away from anyone infected. If you are not immune and are exposed to someone with chicken pox, let your doctor or nurse midwife know right away.

Is Chicken Pox a problem in pregnancy?

Chicken pox is a viral infection that usually occurs in childhood. Common symptom is a rash, small reddish spots or pimples. These spots blister and then scab over. New spots appear for up to 3-5 days. Fever and body aches occur before the rash appears. It is highly contagious 1-2 days prior to breaking out and until all spots are scabbed over. If you have chicken pox in early pregnancy, 1-2% babies have one or more birth defect due to the infection. The greatest risk is between 8-20 weeks of pregnancy.
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Are any complications associated with Chicken Pox?

If you have not had Chicken Pox, please consult your physician. However, if you have been exposed to Chicken Pox and have previously contracted it, you have nothing to worry about.

What if my child has chicken pox?

Please notify the nurse's office and your child should remain home for 1 week from the first appearance of eruptions.
A Chicken pox is a very contagious illness. Children may have a fever that ranges from 101F to 103F. You may give Tylenol or ibuprofen to reduce the fever. Do Not use an aspirin product. Symptoms of chicken pox usually starts with blisters first appearing on the trunk and face then spreading to the rest of the body and usually occur 7 to 21 days after being exposed to the illness. The blisters are about the size of a pencil eraser and have a red base that develops into a blister. Scabs then form as the blister breaks. ...

Can chicken pox be prevented?

Yes, chicken pox vaccines are available. Vaccination can prevent the onset of the disease.

How effective is the chicken pox vaccine?

Clinical trials, which span a decade and involved more than 11,
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Is there a gamma globulin for chicken pox?

Yes, but it is only available to people at especially high risk ... 3j.0 BCG (tuberculosis) vaccine [This section last updated on September 25, 1999, based on the
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Is it risky to be exposed to chicken pox during pregnancy?

It depends. If you’ve had chicken pox before, you’re probably immune, so there’s no need to worry. Up to 95 percent of adults in the United States are immune, including many people who had chicken pox and never even knew it. If you got the chicken pox vaccine (available in the United States since 1995), you’re probably immune — it works for more than 80 percent of those who get it. If you’re not sure whether you’re immune, a simple blood test can give you the answer. ...

Is there a laser that can treat Chicken Pox scars?

Yes, the CO2 Resurfacing Laser that is used to treat deep wrinkles and acne scars also treats chicken pox scars.

How can I tell chicken pox from smallpox?

At first, it might be hard to tell the difference between chicken pox and smallpox. However, all smallpox lesions develop at the same pace, while chicken pox develops in "crops" on the body.

What about corticosteroids and chicken pox?

According to the pamphlet "Advice from your Allergist", published by the American College of Allergy & Immunology, children taking oral or injected corticosteroids may be at increased risk of complications from chicken pox. Such children should avoid exposure to chicken pox -- if the child has been exposed, their physician should be notified. However, the child's medications shouldn't be changed without advice from their physician, since corticosteroid therapy should not be stopped abruptly. ...

How do you catch chicken pox?

Humans are the only animals that get chicken pox. Therefore, the only way to catch it is by being around a person who has it. The virus is spread through secretions and by tiny droplets, so sharing saliva (kissing, infant's toys, etc.), sneezing, and coughing are good ways to get the virus from one person to another.

How long does the chicken pox vaccine last?

We don't know yet. It is estimated to last at least
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When is the chicken pox vaccine contraindicated?

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What is chicken pox, and what are the risks of the disease?

Varicella or chickenpox is a highly contagious disease caused
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What should I do if I think I have chicken pox?

If you start to have symptoms and think you have chicken pox, call your healthcare provider right away. But don’t show up unannounced at your provider’s office and risk infecting other pregnant women there. If you need to be seen, they’ll make special arrangements so you won’t be sitting in a crowded waiting room. If you do have chicken pox, you might be given a prescription for an antiviral drug called acyclovir. ...

How do I prove that I am immune to varicella (chicken pox)?

By demonstrating a verbal history verified by a healthcare provider; by vaccination with two doses of Varivax; or by a blood test that shows immunity to varicella.

What do I do if I have been exposed to Chicken Pox?

There is no danger to your baby if you have had the chicken pox. If you are not sure, a blood test can be done to determine if you are immune. If you are not immune, please call your physician.

What's the best treatment for chicken pox scars?

Some are best treated by a process called punch excision where they are cut out and sutured. Some can be treated by subcision which involves releasing the underlying scar tissue from under the skin. And others are treated best with Dermabrasion using a diamond fraise or with fillers such as Restylane. » Stretch Marks

Should my child get the chicken pox shot?

Chickenpox is caused by a virus, and can result in serious complications. It is recommended that all children be vaccinated. Visit the Centers for Disease Control for more information.

What kind of documentation do I need if I had chicken pox?

If you had chicken pox please specify approximate year or age as indicated in the ‘Varicella’ section on the Immunization Record. This can be completed by the student.

What do I do if I’ve never had chicken pox?

You must have a baseline varicella zoster virus (VZV) titre done. The results of the titre must be documented on the immunization record. If your titre is negative, it is recommended that you be vaccinated with varicella vaccine as indicated in the Canadian Immunization Guide 2002. Information on precautions will be provided to ‘at risk’ students. Hepatitis

Does getting the chicken pox vaccine prevent shingles?

Yes. The chicken pox vaccine raises antibodies that fight off the varicella-zoster virus and prevents chicken pox. Since shingles depends on reactivation of the virus, you can’t get shingles if there is no chicken pox virus in your body.

Where can my child receive the chicken pox vaccine (Varicella)?

This vaccine is done by appointment at one of the clinics. Call to reserve a dose at (920) 834-7000. Immunizations - Travel

What is the current recommendation for the chicken pox vaccine be part for children?

The chickenpox (varicella) vaccine was first licensed for use
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